healthcare

  • $1,000 Pill Now Hepatitis C Treatment of Choice

    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.

  • 127 House Dems Urge White House to Keep Rule for Trans Health Care

    (WB) A group of 127 House Democrats led by Reps. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) is calling on the White House to keep intact an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from denying health care to transgender patients, including gender reassignment surgery.

  • AHF Co-Opts Sanders Message

    It is often said Bernie Sanders’ message hits home with young Americans.

  • Blue Cross Cuts Family Policies for Gay NC Couples

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ North Carolina's largest insurer has cancelled family insurance policies sold to 20 gay and lesbian couples on a federal insurance marketplace because of restrictive contract language the company plans to remove next year.

  • Cigna Changes Plan Amid HIV Controversy

    The health insurance company Cigna has agreed to change its prescription drug policy to ensure that Florida consumers with HIV and AIDS can access their medications, Florida insurance officials said Friday.

  • Cincinnati Transgender Clinic Receives $2 Million Donation

    A couple in the Cincinnati area made a multi-million dollar donation to a local youth transgender health clinic.

  • City Blames Pedestrians for Continued Accidents (reprint)

    Citations issued to people after they’ve been hit by cars

  • Clinton and Biden Speak to HRC

    Both politicians come out swinging in favor of LGBT rights

  • Column: Labor Day, Walmart and Me

    Labor Day is the traditional end of summer. For me it’s been a special summer with my wife Dee.

  • Commissioners Continue to Struggle Over Trans Inclusive Healthcare

    A Wilton Manors Commission resolution advocating that federal and state governments require health insurance plans cover transgender-related was supported but highlighted previous criticism over the commission’s failure to approve transgender benefits for city employees.

  • Couples' Fear Of Discrimination In Health Crises Loom In Indiana, Wisconsin Gay Marriage Cases

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The rights of same-sex couples during medical emergencies will loom large when a federal appeals court considers a case targeting gay-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

  • Cuomo Issues Order Against Anti-Trans Discrimination in Health Care

    As New York celebrated Pride, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a series of actions to assure transgender people in the state have access to health care, including transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

  • Family Alleges HIV Discrimination At PA Practice

    A Pennsylvania HIV/AIDS agency filed suit on World AIDS Day against a private Lancaster County medical practice for its refusal to treat an HIV-positive man.

  • Feds Ease Rules on Same-Sex Health Care Tax Breaks

    The Obama administration is letting legally married same-sex couples claim some health care tax benefits for this year.

  • Feds Say Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest U.S. Drug Threat

    (Edge) Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from opioid-related overdoses across the country. About a week ago, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said overdose deaths have now begun to level off, but he also cautioned that it was too soon to declare victory.

    The DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment, which is being released Friday, shows that heroin, fentanyl and other opioids continue to be the highest drug threat in the nation. But federal officials are concerned that methamphetamine and cocaine are being seen at much higher levels in areas that haven't historically been hotspots for those drugs. The DEA is also worried that people are exploiting marijuana legalization to traffic cannabis into the illicit market or to states that don't have medicinal or so-called recreational use marijuana laws, according to the report.

    President Donald Trump has declared the U.S. opioid crisis as a "public health emergency" and just last week pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction.

    Fatal heroin overdoses rose nationwide between 2015 and 2016, with a nearly 25 percent increase in the Northeast and more than 22 percent in the South. Most of the heroin sold in the U.S. is being trafficked from Mexico, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize the most amount of heroin along the Mexico border, near San Diego, California, the report said.

    Fentanyl and other related opioids, which tend to be cheaper and much more potent than heroin, remain one of the biggest concerns for federal drug agents.

    The DEA has said China is a main source of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that have been flooding the U.S. market. China has pushed back against the characterization, and U.S. officials have stressed they work closely with their Chinese counterparts as they try to stem the flow of drugs.

    Legislation that Trump signed last week will add treatment options and force the U.S. Postal Service to screen overseas packages for fentanyl.

    The DEA's report also noted that methamphetamine is making its way into communities where the drug normally wasn't heavily used, the report said. Chronic use of meth, a highly addictive stimulant, can cause paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions, studies have shown.

    As the government enacted laws that limited access to cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine — the ingredient used to cook meth with other household chemicals — or required the medications to be placed behind pharmacy counters, officials discovered the number of meth labs began to drop.

    But the DEA has found the gap is being filled by Mexican and Latin American drug cartels that had primarily dabbled in heroin and cocaine trafficking. A saturated market on the West Coast is now driving the cartels to peddle methamphetamine into the Northeast, using the same routes they use for heroin and other drugs.

    Officials also warn that because of more cocaine production in South American countries including Colombia, they expect to see larger shipments at the Mexican border.

  • Four Weeks Left to Select a Healthcare Plan

    Broward Regional Health Planning Council and partners working hard to help Broward County residents navigate and sign-up

  • Gay Couples Find Uneven Access to Health Insurance

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law.

  • Health Care New Front for Transgender Rights Under Trump

    (AP) Military service. Bathroom use. Job bias. And now, health care.

  • HHS Moves Again to Enable Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Health Care

    On the heels of creating a new conscience division at the Department of Health & Human Services, the Trump administration has proposed a new religious exemption that critics say would allow widespread discrimination against women seeking abortions and against LGBT people.

  • How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

    Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. You’ve probably heard of many of these accomplishments: repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in hospitals and in housing, promoting international LGBT human rights, standing up against DOMA and then implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.